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Baltimore Ravens: 2009 NFL Mock Draft Database - Top 50 Of The No 26 Position

Dave HudginsContributor IApril 5, 2009

So, who will Ozzie Newsome and staff select at the No. 26 position of the 2009 NFL Draft?

Well, there are of course lots of different opinions on the matter of who would benefit the Baltimore Ravens the most. But it does seem that some names (or at least positions) appear to pop up on the radar more than others.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 50 - No. 26 position from a local mock draft database (DC Pro Sports Report):

Wide Receiver (27 picks = 54 percent)
PlayerNo. of times selected
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland17
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri3
Percy Harvin, WR, Florida3
Hakeem Nicks, WR N. Carolina2
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers2

Cornerback (10 picks = 20 percent)

PlayerNo. of times selected
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois6
Alphonso Smith, CB, WF2
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut1
Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati1
Linebacker (7 picks = 14 percent)
PlayerNo. of times selected
Rey Maualuga, LB, USC3
Brian Cushing, LB, USC2
Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia1
Michael Johnson, LB, GT1
Defensive End (4 picks = 8 percent)
PlayerNo. of times selected
Michael Johnson, DE, GT2
Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State1
Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee1
Defensive Tackle (1 pick = 2 percent)
Evander Hood, DT. Missouri
Center (1 pick = 2 percent)
Alex Mack, C, California

 

But what about the Ravens' proclamation that they'll pick the best football player available at No. 26, regardless of position?

Well, last year, the Ravens filled a somewhat desperate need at quarterback with Joe Flacco and, at least for the time being, it seems to have paid off.

To illustrate the complexities of what may seem like a relatively simple draft year, here’s a hypothetical (albeit somewhat likely) scenario.

Please assume the following:

  1. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is ranked as an early second rounder, according to the Ravens' draft board
  2. CB Vontae Davis is ranked as a late first rounder (let’s say No. 29, for argument's sake), according to the Ravens' draft board
  3. C Alex Mack is the next-highest ranked player available, according to the Ravens' draft board
  4. All three of the above are available at 26th overall when it comes time for the “Wizard Of Oz” to make his pick
  5. The Ravens keep the pick (as in, they don't trade up or down)

So, what does Newsome do?

Does the lack of free agency activity at wide receiver suggest that Baltimore should pick one up in the draft?  Derrick Mason remains their best receiver, but he is a slot-receiver who's contract is up at the end of '09 season.

Joe Flacco needs a burner to throw to.  Mark Clayton (Ravens 2005 1st round draft choice) has shown signs of greatness as a wideout, but he has been inconsistent at best.

DHB is a burner, a local kid from McDonough H.S., and seems to fit the apparent WR "need" for the Ravens.  Still, Baltimore's history with first-round receivers is not something to boast about.

Does the signing of Dominique Foxworth during free agency suggest that the team is done filling the CB position?  Consider that Vontae Davis is also a local kid (brother of former U of MD TE, Vernon Davis) and could pay off instantly as a potentially elite cover corner.

The signing of Matt Birk in free agency seems to fill the hole left by Jason Brown at the Center position.  But is Chris Chester enough (or the right kind of) depth?

And this is just the first-round of turmoil!  Welcome to Ozzie Newsome’s world.

The Ravens have a history of turning late round draft selections into elite football players, so the Ravens faithful shouldn’t worry too much if the unexpected occurs in the 2009 Draft.

In Ozzie We Trust!

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